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    PARIS (Sputnik) - Around 1,600 people were evacuated on 17 February in Paris due to an operation to deactivate a WWII bomb found in the northern part of the city, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo said.

    "This morning [I am with] residents of [an area near] Porte de la Chapelle [metro station]. 1,600 people were evacuated from the area because a WWII bomb is being deactivated", the mayor wrote on her Twitter page.

    She added that the evacuation was being carried out with the participation of municipal services.

    ​The bomb was found on 4 February during engineering works but experts have failed to neutralise it so far, according to media reports.

    ​The demining operation has reportedly caused significant transport disruption near the Gare du Nord railway station.

    READ MORE: WATCH Wreck of Legendary US WWII Aircraft Carrier Discovered on Seabed

    Even almost 75 years after the end of the war, unexploded WWII bombs are often found across Europe.

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